Monday, March 24, 2014

QCQAL Block #2: Bear Paw

It's time for block #2 in the QCQAL -- Bear Paw!

The traditional version of this block looks very similar to the Sister's Choice block we made last week, so we'll be making a more modern version of the block without the sashing between the paws.

These directions go along with a block made with each bear paw in a different color.


Four 2.5" squares
Eight 3" squares for HSTs

For paws:
Four 4.5" squares -- one for each bear paw
Eight 3" squares for HSTs -- two squares needed for each bear paw


Draw diagonals along each 3" background square. Match each background square with one colored square and sew 1/4 inch away from the line on each side. Cut apart on the diagonal line, iron HST units, and trim to 2.5" squares. You should now have 16 HSTs -- four (4) of each color

Sew together your HSTs into pairs for the bear paw's "claws" such that each pair of sewn together HSTs's diagonal slants the opposite way.

Sew one of your HST units to your 2.5" background square and sew the other HST unit to the 4.5" bear paw square. Sew together into one bear paw unit.

Lay out your four bear paw units as desired and sew together. Block should now measure 12.5 inches square.


  1. Voted, Alison!! Working on my template users version and will put it up Tuesday a.m.!!

  2. I love the concept for your quilt along. How fun to have a vote and then make the block that wins. :)

  3. Voted and following along your progress and tutorial!!

  4. Great bright bear paw!

  5. This is so pretty! I love the layout of the block!


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